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The Things They Say!

Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Matt Roberts BigISH Band performs Freddie Hubbard's Red Clay & more, live streaming from Ronnie Scott's - Nov. 23

Even though the EFG is ended the music lingers on and this big band set from Ronnie's indicates that it will long continue. Music and jazz have been around longer than Covid-19 and, if we can outlive The Bay City Rollers, we can outlive this!

It was phenomenal! A tribute to Freddie Hubbard's seminal album from 1974, Red Clay, transcribed for a larger ensemble by Matt Roberts (I'm not sure what the BigISH name is all about!) and expertly executed.

Roberts, a trumpet player not unknown in downtown Darlington, set a deserted Ronnie's alight with a fantastic set that moved big band jazz from musical senility to musical insanity in the nicest possible way!

Most of the top notch players soloed with Copus and Hogg acing it. Surprisingly, Roberts himself didn't solo. He didn't need to, he arranged the book, conducted and compered - what more do you want - jokes?

The saxophones were out of this world but very much in mine! Barford on tenor, Shenoy on alto and Allsopp on baritone hitting notes beyond the reach of most piccolo players! Talking about piccolos, did Millard pull one out of his pocket on the Theme For Kareem

However, on a night like this, the enjoyment was seeing and hearing such a great band in such a great venue rather than point-scoring individuals - this was a band! this was an orchestra!

For visitors to London, The National Gallery comes a distant second...

Lance

(Screenshot from Ken Drew)

Red Clay; Delphia; Sweet Sioux; The Intrepid Fox; Cold Turkey (a John Lennon comp!); Love Connection; Theme for Kareem; Camel Rise. The latter two numbers were from later albums.

Matt Roberts, George Hogg, James Copus (trumpets); Olli Martin, Emma Bassett (trombones), Owen Dawson (bass trombone); Jon Shenoy (alto sax); George Millard (alto sax, flute, alto flute, piccolo); Tom Barford (tenor sax); James Allsopp (baritone sax, bass clarinet); Matt Robinson (keyboards); Conor Chaplin (bass); Dave Hamblett (drums). 

1 comment :

Russell said...

To generate that amount of energy in an empty room is testament to the musicians' commitment to Matt's project.

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